Syrian refugee named torchbearer in Greek leg of Rio relay
Ibrahim Al-Hussein is a former competitive swimmer, judo athlete
A Syrian refugee who had part of a leg amputated after a bombing will be one of the torchbearers for the Greek leg of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic flame relay.
The Greek Olympic committee said Friday that 27-year-old Ibrahim Al-Hussein will carry the torch at an Athens refugee camp hosting 1,500 people next Tuesday — the next-to-last day of the relay in Greece.
Al-Hussein reached Greece on a rubber dinghy in 2014, and has been granted asylum in the country. He is a former competitive swimmer and judo athlete.
Despite having part of his leg amputated, he trains regularly in swimming pools and plays basketball, in a wheelchair, with an Athens club.
The flame, which was lit Thursday at a ceremony in ancient Olympia, will be handed to Brazilian officials next Wednesday.